This is my time…..
The last few weeks have been riddled with constant change and lots of travel. I have had a couple failed to depart plane trips to remote parts of PNG due to lack of space or weather. I have also made two trips for several days each to the coastal city of Lae to search for and buy supplies for our team. Each time I travel anywhere in this country the sheer beauty of God’s creation is paramount, however the country never fails to surprise me and live up to its name “the land of the unexpected”. To travel to the coast there is only one road and it is called the Highlands Highway. I wouldn’t personally call it a highway, more of a minimum maintenance road, however that is the only access to get goods in or out of our area (other than airplane). From Goroka to Lae it is about 190 miles in distance, however it can take anywhere from 6-9 hours one way….or possibly days, if it closes. There are constant landslides, bridges failing, trees blocking the road, accidents, washouts, and the road is just riddled with pot holes. While that sounds exciting to the adventure seeker…..I am not much on seeking thrills, so it is not the most fun drive to say the least. One thing I commonly have run into the places I have traveled to is a common attitude by people that sounds like “This is my time”. What it means is this is my chance, the opportunity has been given to me, this might be the only time this happens for me. Now how this plays out is when anyone of the of the above listed horrific circumstances occur on the road the people around it try to take full advantage of anything that can benefit them or their family line. It is never just one or two people, but generally dozens or more...so it can be quite intimidating for those who have not experienced it. Now this is not to talk down of these people because while it looks different we do the very same things.....just in different maybe more subtle contexts. It could be in the context of work, friends, family, or simply going about our daily routine....but the mentality of just waiting for an opportunity so it can change to benefit “me”.
You never know how deep the pot holes are when water fills them up....it can certainly grow your prayer life if you need a boost in the area!
It is a bonus to follow someone else at times because they are a depth finder...